Sebastian Vettel’s title hopes took another hit as Lewis Hamilton’s qualifying heroics led to victory on Sunday in Singapore. But the Ferrari driver remains defiant, suggesting the Prancing Horse can fight for wins at all six remaining tracks…
Ferrari were favourites for victory at Marina Bay, as they were in Italy, but on both occasions it was Mercedes – and specifically Hamilton – who took the spoils against the odds.
Hamilton’s latest triumph – his fourth win in five races – moved him to 40 points clear of Vettel, just two shy of only needing to finish second in the remaining six races to clinch a fifth world title and a fourth in five years.
But Vettel is hopeful the package he has underneath him will give him a chance to nibble into that deficit over the course of Russia, Japan, USA, Mexico, Brazil and Abu Dhabi.
“Lewis said he didn't expect to come here gaining ten points, we probably didn’t come here expecting to lose ten points – but, having had the race that we had, I think there’s a full justification for losing those ten points and we take it,” he said.
“Obviously, there is still a long way to go and a lot of points to score. I never believed that we had the fastest car by a big margin, as people said. I know that we have a very good car.
“We started the season well and then we were about half a second behind in qualifying and it was crucial to get back, which we manage to – and then we had a bit of a rough time, but overall I think the speed is there but it’s a match in qualifying as much as in the race.